While the TI season is exciting for many teams and spectators, for others, it might be very frustrating. The seasonal roster shuffle in Dota 2 kicks off early for many teams, notably the ones without a shot at qualifying for the International 11 anymore.
Alliance’s roster disband was probably coming since their debut in DPC 2022, which was still terrible through and through. They certainly aren’t the only team to release their roster ahead of the new DPC 2023 season. At least three more teams from the premiere tiers are likely releasing their rosters this week.
Alliance is no longer what it used to be
It’s tough to be an Alliance fan, especially after three major roster dissolutions. The former TI3 champion released its founding roster in 2016 after underperforming in three consecutive internationals since the team was at its peak.
Fast forward to the era of Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi’s roster, which took two years to cultivate. Alliance managed to return to the International championship, but only to fall out prematurely because of iNSaNiA’s miss-picking Gyrocopter. Nevertheless, this second-generation roster had decent success and synergy, but only to quit as a team to play for Team Liquid instead.
Then comes the third and latest generation of Alliance’s roster, which for what it’s worth, had its moments with Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov at the forefront. However, after several player changes, even Nikobaby loses his charm playing alongside a poorly coordinated team. As DPC 2022 concludes, Alliance ended their Division 1 run at last place, which means they will start in Division 2 next season.
Nigma Galaxy’s inconsistent journey
In the Southeast Asian region, Nigma Galaxy’s sister team, or SEA division, has also been disappointing. They have gone back and forth in Division 1 and 2, but in the end have not been up to par with SEA’s strongest rivals.
BOOM Esports and Fnatic have already been staples in Division 1 in SEA, but T1 and Talon Esports also joined the fray recently. Hence, the SEA region has no shortage of promising candidates, to say the least, which makes Nigma Galaxy’s decision to disband their sister squad reasonable.
The parent team has issues to cope with also. Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi’s Nigma Galaxy has performed poorly throughout the DPC 2022 season, and even got demoted to Division 2. Unlike many failing rosters, Nigma stayed true to their founding members by keeping all four TI7 Champions.
Other teams to follow suit
Team MagMa from the China region also dropped their roster. The Chinese newcomer had decent success and was a staple in Division 1 during the early debut of their squad. Unfortunately, MagMa fell off over the DPC 2022 season, which eventually led to their disband.
Team Unique, which hails from the Eastern European region, recently let their roster go after a hiatus from DPC. They attempted the TI11 regional qualifier only to lose in their first round.
Lastly, the Last Chance Qualifier participants could be potential candidates to release their rosters after their loss in the coming days. T1, Wildcard Gaming, nouns, and Tempest haven’t been in their best form after the first day, so it would be a shame to see them announce their roster shuffle soon.
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